Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Formatting via the Font dialog box
Understanding OpenType features
Figure 5.13 also shows the OpenType Features settings on the Advanced tab. Developed
largely by Microsoft, OpenType is the successor to TrueType fonts, which helped in making
fonts scalable. OpenType adds additional features that allow you to manipulate some of
the more intricate aspects of fonts and number spacing. For example, if you have problems
aligning numbers in numbered lists, you might try a different Number spacing choice under
OpenType features.
Many OpenType fonts include ligatures at certain sizes. When a ligature occurs, similar
stroke components of adjoining characters are joined, so that the characters form a new
glyph , or typographic character. This happens frequently for the lowercase letter f, as
shown in Figure 5.15. You can turn ligatures off by choosing None from the Ligatures
dropdown list of the Font dialog box, or use one of the other choices beside it and Standard
Only to increase the number of ligatures that Word automatically applies. You also can
change settings for OpenType Number forms and Stylistic sets.
FIGURE 5.15
The f and t are joined in the top two examples, but not the bottom one.
The Mini Toolbar
Yet another tool for applying formatting is the Mini Toolbar. This feature is fully explained
in Chapter 2, “Navigating in Offi ce.” Shown in Figure 5.16, the Mini Toolbar has a sampling
of character-formatting tools from the Font group of the Home tab.
FIGURE 5.16
The Mini Toolbar has a sampling of character-formatting tools from the Font group of the
Home tab.
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